Kalil: I leave this place with a lot of great memories

Center Ryan Kalil, accompanied by his son, meets with the media following the final home game of his 12-year NFL career

RE: Waving good-bye one last time running off the field

A lot of good memories here, with a lot of great guys. Lot of great coaches, some bad mostly good. Very blessed to be able to play as long as I did, and can’t really find the words to describe it right now.

RE: Difficulty summarizing entire career, just only 10 minutes after its completion.

Not everybody gets to decide when they want to go out. It’s such a brutal, physical game. So, I’m very fortunate to be able finish this season, my 12th year. I leave this place with a lot of great memories, and just very blessed.

RE: Getting to spend time with his son on the field prior to the game

I’m going to miss it a lot. I’ve been playing football my whole life, so there’s nothing really left to graduate to. The skill sets of football, and run and pass blocking sort of end here. It’s been a great ride, and like I said, I’m very blessed, and just thankful to a lot of people that helped me get here.

RE: Soaking up next week, being the season, and career finale

I think the best thing that I can do is approach it like I would any other week. That’s the way I’ll get the most out of it, and that’s the way I’ll remember this place.

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